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This is evident in the first ten minutes. Just like Ed Wood peppered his infamous "Plan Nine From Outer Space" with random scenes of Bela Lugosi, the audience is treated to a completely insignificant back story about a young woman battling cancer. This goes on and on, only to end with no particular connection to the plot whatsoever. Perhaps the filmmakers are trying to show the existential ridiculousness of mankind's small victories over death or something. But the simplest explanation is the best: they have no idea how to make a movie. Either that, or they filmed a short years ago and decided "let's tack the whole thing onto this full-length production." Another back story crops up with a bit more significance to the overall plot, but it could have been handled in a one-minute flashback.
The relatively simple premise -- a group of ordinary people forced to participate in some daunting competition until only one is left standing -- was somehow made overly convoluted and completely stilted in its execution. Again, I think this comes down to a production team that slapped a bunch of incongruous ideas together and blew 90% of the film's budget on theatrical blood. The premise of this movie has been done much better in other films, such as The Running Man, Death Race 2000, Battle Royale, Series 7: The Contenders, and even Cube -- all of which I recommend over "The Human Race.Read more ›
I don't know if this film was adapted from a book, or if it was straight from script-to-screen, but this would have made for an interesting short story.
There are three safe zones, the house, the school and the prison but if you are lapped twice then - well you guessed it - you die. The main protagonist is Eddie who is an Afghanistan veteran who lost his leg in that conflict and was saved by Justin who has also been taken to this place. Of the eighty we have a very mixed bag, able bodied and disabled, old, young, white collar, seeming crooks and a couple who are deaf and use sign language.
So the race is anything but even. The big question is why is this happening and to what end. As the `contestants' try to work that out so the controller keeps announcing another death as the countdown goes irrevocably from eighty to the ultimate `one'.
This has been compared to `Battle Royale', but this is not of the same calibre to that very high level production. It is a very good watch with blood - a - plenty and enough existential dysfunctionalism to keep you both guessing and interested in the twists and turns. And I must say for an indie effort it ain't half bad. The real problem is there is not enough of a back story for each of the characters (except the main two army vets) so that there is very little in the empathy bank when they are facing the grim reaper. That said for an 84 minute film it does pack in quite a lot and the final twist will tie up any loose ends. One for horror fans and those who like things a bit dystopian - would give seven out of ten but am rounding up to four stars because of the diverse use of characters.
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I have no idea who would rate this movie anything more than one star! Typical movie that always shows the worst in mankind. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nicky
If you go into this movie with the idea that it's a filmmaking grad student's (not that it is) final project, you "might" appreciate it more. Read morePublished 12 months ago by K. Dwane
80 people see a bright, white light and then are transported to another place. The school is safe, the house is safe and the jail is safe. You go off the path, you die. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Becky